90 Miles From Tyranny : Coronavirus is getting stronger and infections could rise, China warns

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Coronavirus is getting stronger and infections could rise, China warns






The authorities say the virus is infectious even during the incubation period, which was not the case with the SARS outbreak.

China has warned the ability of the deadly coronavirus to spread is getting stronger as the number infected globally rose to more than 2,000.

The authorities said little is known about the new virus, and they are unclear on the risks posed by it mutating.

National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei said the incubation period for the coronavirus can range from one to 14 days, and it is infectious during this time.



This was not the case with the previous Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, which also originated in China and killed nearly 800 people around the world in 2002 and 2003. "According to recent clinical information, the virus' ability to spread seems to be getting somewhat stronger," Mr Ma told reporters. 

In response to the mounting crisis, containment efforts - which to date have included travel restrictions and the cancellation of major events - are to be ramped up in China. The US is also to evacuate its diplomatic staff from...

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